Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Egyptians worked with gold and semiprecious stones from earliest times. They mined both types of material in the desert east of the Nile and in present-day Sudan, called “Nubia” in ancient times after the ancient Egyptian word for gold (nub). Clearly, objects made from these high-value materials were available only to the highest ranks of society.
7/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 3.6 x 5.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
One steatite heart scarab with sheet gold over the base inscribed with 9 lines of hieroglyphs. Not pierced.
Condition: Excellent, some denting of gold sheet.
This item is not on view
Heart Scarab, 664-525 B.C.E. Steatite, gold, 7/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 3.6 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.717E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.717E_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 37.717E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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